Particular Percentages

Scripture: Luke 19:1-10

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn there is no sin impossible for God to forgive if we repent.
  • Students will learn God wants us to repent of all of our sins as quickly and as honestly as possible.
  • Students will learn even though we are forgiven of our sins, we need to do whatever we can to make things right with the people we hurt with our sins.
  • Students will practice multiplying percentages.

Guiding Question: What can we do to receive God’s forgiveness?

Materials: Paper, pencil

Procedure: Review the story of Zacchaeus. Remind students that Zacchaeus was afraid to face Jesus because he thought that his sins were too much to be forgiven for. Explain to students that Jesus died for all the sins of the world and that no sin is too big or small to be forgiven. God wants us to be honest in coming to Him and true repentance of sins is essential for God to forgive us. When we repent, we acknowledge that we have done wrong and need God to forgive us and help us learn/grow from that sin.

Introduce the activity. Have the students figure out tax by multiplying various incomes by various tax rates to figure out taxes owed. Model two or three examples for students. Let students pair up and have them practice by taking turns demanding a percentage of money owed in taxes by the other person. The other person will “give them” a certain amount of money and the partner who is the tax collector needs to figure out if they were given the correct amount of money.

Additional Questions: How are percentages used in real life?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create an ad for a store. The store is having a sale and students will create an ad showing certain items as a certain percent off such as 43 inch tv for $299 is 40% off. After students create their ads, have them switch it with a partner and the partner goes through the ads, finds out what the discounted price of the items is, and then see which products have the best sales.

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